Cake Filled Ice Cream Cones

The one thing I love to do is to cook. I can look at recipes all day long and get great ideas for planning menus.  I watch all the different cooking shows on tv, I surf the internet, I look at pintrest, read different magazines and talk with people to exchange recipes.  Just recently I had the best time baking with my granddaughter.  Being only eight years old she is showing an interest in cooking.  I remember when she was little and I use to babysit her we would do some baking together.  I would make some bread dough cut off a piece for her and she would shape it.  Then I would bake it and we would give it to Mummy when she came to pick her up.  Or I would make pizza put it on a pan for her and she would put all the toppings on the dough. Baking cookies she would roll them in her little hands and put them on the baking sheet.  It was such fun but it also created memories.  I know that most of it she won’t remember because she was too little but I will.  These are the times that are the most precious to me.

This recipe is so easy.  I asked her if she wanted to make it and she was so excited.  So I set everything up for her and just stood by and told her the steps.  Hopefully one day she will become a great cook and grow to love it as I do.

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Place the contents of a box cake of your choice into a bowl.  Add water

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Oil

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Eggs

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Mix together the ingredients.

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Occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl.

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Place the batter into a cup

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Line pan with foil.  Pour batter into cones.  It was such a joy to watch her.  She was concentrating and doing beautifully.

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Top with sprinkles and bake.  I’m sure this was her favourite part.

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They came out absolutely fantastic. Cool. I placed them in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer.

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Next choose your cone and place a scoop of ice cream on top, along with some sprinkles or whatever your heart desires.

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This is what dreams are made of.  Look at that beautiful face ready to enjoy a treat she made all by herself.  Her Baba is so proud of her. Life doesn’t get better then this.

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

1 Box Cake

1 Box Of Flat Bottomed Ice Cream Cones

Ice Cream Of Your Choice

Decorations of your choice, such as sprinkles, gummy bears, chocolate chips, coconut etc.

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

Line a pan with foil.  Place ice cream cones on top.  Place box cake into a bowl and add all the ingredients.  Mix according the instructions on the box. Then take the batter and pour  into the cones about 1/3 –  1/2 way.  Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick comes clean.  Approximately 35 to 40 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool. Top with ice cream and decorations of your choice.

There is nothing more gratifying then to watch the kids digging in and baking, then enjoying what they have made.  I remember her Daddy going to his Baba’s house and running straight for the kitchen cupboards not only making a mess for Baba but also helping her.  She use to call him Cookman which was ingenious on her part. Because he became a fantastic cook. She would be proud of him.

 

Breaded Cauliflower

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Since this is the season for veggies I’m always going to local farms and buying REAL fresh vegetables.  In doing so I get a chance to talk to people and I’m finding out that a lot of them don’t know what to do with the vegetables that are so abundant right now, other then boiling or steaming them.  I am amazed because people can be turned off of eating vegetables if they run out of ways to cook them.  Finding them boring and bland.    I have shared this recipe with so many of these people and they are so surprised that you can bread cauliflower .  I have been eating cauliflower this way for many years. Both my mother and grandmother always made cauliflower this way.  Really easy to do and doesn’t take that long.  The only problem is that you have to make extra because you keep picking away at it while cooking it, or anyone else that happens to walk by. image

Wash and chop your head of broccoli into smaller pieces. image

Into 3 bowls (from right to left) put flour into 1 bowl, egg into the second, of course you have to beat the eggs until well combined, and bread crumbs into the third bowl.  The fourth bowl you see is empty and is reserved for the finished breaded cauliflower.

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Start from the right and coat your cauliflower with flour.  The flour will help the egg stick to the cauliflower.  Now you place your little pieces into the egg, making sure they are well coated, then place your wonderful little pieces into the bread crumbs completely coating the cauliflower. I find that it is a good idea to firmly press the bread crumbs onto the cauliflower. Place into the waiting bowl at the back and keep repeating this process until you have completely coated each and every piece this way.

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This bowl now must go into the fridge for at least 2 hours.

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Add oil to a pan, heat at medium to medium-high heat.  When your oil is hot place 1 piece of cauliflower at a time into the hot oil until you have filled your pan.  Do not over crowd.

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Your oil will foam but that’s ok.  When one side of cauliflower is a golden colour turn the piece over and continue with other pieces.  Take out of oil when all is a beautiful  golden colour. Repeat until all of your littles pieces are cooked.  If the pieces are turning golden too fast or burning before the cauliflower is cooked then turn your element down to a lower heat.

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There you have it.  These are ssssssooooo good.

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

1 Large Cauliflower

2 cups All Purpose Flour

5 Large Eggs Beaten

2 cups Breadcrumbs

4-5 cups Oil, Your Choice

Cut cauliflower into smaller pieces coat with flower, egg and breadcrumbs. Refrigerate for 2 hours.  Heat the oil, place each piece into oil and fry until a nice golden colour.  Remove from oil, place into a bowl.  This stage will have to be repeated until all pieces are fried.  You can keep already finished pieces warm in oven at a low temperature.  Sprinkle with salt and serve.  Great cold or reheated.

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

This is the first time I have made this recipe and have altered it from the original.  I continually do that but I know what we like and it is more fun to do it that way.  The end result is interesting.   Just remember don’t stress over this just keep plugging along and discover something new that you have created.

Chop your broccoli into pieces.  Place the broccoli into a pot of water along with the juice of 1/2 lemon, bring to a boil and let it cook for about 3-4 minutes.  Add salt & pepper, after 3 minutes remove from pot.  Place into a bowl and set aside. Fresh veggies are so good at this time of the year.

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Next place your chicken pieces into the same water and cook for 15-20 minutes.

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Let cool in the water.  This will keep the chicken moist.

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After it has cooled, place the chicken into the bowl with broccoli.  I did these steps the day before covered the bowl and placed it into the fridge so it was ready to use when I needed it.

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Next I decided to add these ingredients.  Kale and onions.

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Chop your kale and onions

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Into a pan add 3-5 tablespoons of olive oil.

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Next add your onions and fry until translucent.

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I decided to add my favourite ingredient, grated garlic and fry for a minute.  Next I added the white wine.

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Oh next the kale, yum.

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Fry until the kale turns soft.

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Place your broccoli into an oven proof pan in one layer.  Place the onions, kale and chicken on top of the broccoli with some cheese.

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In the same pan you fried your onions in, add more oil and some butter. I mean how can you go wrong with butter?

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Add flour

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Curry powder

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Stir until well blended.

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Add the chicken broth and wine

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Continue stirring until it starts to thicken.

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Then add then milk, continue stirring adding mayonnaise.

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Pour the sauce over meat mixture.

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Sprinkle with breadcrumbs

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Place in oven to bake.

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When heated through out and bubbling around edges, remove from oven.

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Serve on top of rice.

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

2-4 Chicken Breasts

1 Large Head Of Broccoli Chopped

2-3 cups Chicken Broth

1-150 ml. Carnation Milk

1 Teaspoon Curry

1/2 Lemon, Juiced

Salt And Pepper To Taste

1 Large Onion, Chopped

1-2 Cloves Garlic, Grated

1 cup Kale, Chopped

1/2-1 cup White Wine

1 Heaping Tablespoon Mayonnaise

1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Or Cheese Of Your Choice

1-2 Tablespoon Butter

1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

PREPARATION  INSTRUCTIONS

Place the broccoli into a large pot of boiling water, along with the juice of 1/2 lemon, bring to a boil and cook 3-4 minutes.  Remove the broccoli, place into a bowl. Add your chicken breasts to the same water bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes slightly covered.  Take chicken off the burner and cool in the water.  This will keep the chicken juicy when cooling.  Cut chicken into cubes when cooled, set aside.  Add olive oil to the pan, heat, add onions fry until translucent.  Next add chopped garlic, fry a few minutes and add your kale, cook until softened.

In a oven proof pan place your broccoli, chicken and kale.  Top with cheese.  In the same fry pan that the kale mixture was fried in, add some more olive oil and some butter and fry until butter is melted. Next add the flour, curry powder mix until combined then add your chicken broth and your wine, along with the carnation milk and mayonnaise.  Stirring until it is well combined and it starts to thicken. Pour over meat mixture, sprinkle with bread crumbs and place in oven for about 30-40 minutes. Casserole should be hot through out and bubbling.  Great served with your favourite rice.

 

 

A Wonderful Way To Have Lunch

To many of us think that to enjoy a nice meal or the surroundings we’re in, it has to be a super special occasion.  This isn’t true. All you need is simply to be surrounded by the people you enjoy being with, or just simply to be aware of and enjoy what is around you. That’s what makes it a special occasion.  One that you’ll remember.  You can discover so many wonderful places close to home.

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This is a little cafe that sits on a harbour overlooking the yachts that are docked.  Knowing that it was there, but never going until my friend Susan asked me to meet her there for coffee once.  I loved it.  Now my husband and I go quite often.

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Seeing the yachts on the water is so relaxing.

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A time you can sit and dream about whatever pleases you.  Winning the lottery so you could buy one of these yachts, or going on a dream vacation.  Maybe even opening up a cafe with surroundings like this.

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How nice would it be sailing away.

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For now, I just enjoy having lunch with my husband, watching the yachts and people around me.  Sitting here, time just seems to melt away.

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You could be adventurous and go for a walk, which we sometimes do.

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But always coming back to relax and enjoy the scenery.  So take a look around where you live and discover places you can enjoy everyday, or whenever the mood strikes you.  I love going to cafés and restaurants.  You see, that’s where I get inspired.  That’s where I get ideas for recipes that I can make my own.  It is really amusing when you take pictures of what you are eating, seeing people watching you and wondering why.  Others love taking pictures of scenery, people and places. No one thinks anything of it.  I love taking pictures of food. Each to his own.

It all comes down to what you enjoy.  Life isn’t that long, so take time to smell the roses or whatever else is around you.  It isn’t coincidence that you are where you are.  So enjoy!

Baba

 

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